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Minnesota Brass’ ‘Supernova’ hits Twin Cities, St. Peter this weekend

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10409548_10152543965327425_6986699940205348359_n2Minnesota Brass brings its innovative “Supernova” production to the Twin Cities and St. Peter this weekend. The Minnesota shows are the corps’ last two competitions before it heads to the DCA championships in Rochester, N.Y., over Labor Day weekend.

First up is Minnesota Brass’ home show, Sounds of Minnesota, which takes place 7 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights. Fellow competitors include the Govenaires of St. Peter and the Kilties of Racine, Wis., with exhibitions by Chops Inc., Brio Brass and Minne Brass. As always, Minnesota Brass’ rehearsal — 1-5 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas Academy (949 Mendota Heights Rd., Mendota Heights) — will be open to the public.

On Saturday, Minnesota Brass heads to St. Peter for the Govies’ home show, Drum Corps Expo. The same corps will be competing, with Chops Inc. and other groups in exhibition, starting at 7 p.m. at St. Peter High School. Minnesota Brass will spend the day rehearsing about a half hour away at Jordan High School (600 Sunset Dr., Jordan), with a morning block from 9-11:45 and an afternoon block from 12:45-3:30.

 

Sounds of Minnesota finds a new home

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Our 2014 DCA competitive season has kicked into high gear after a solid performance at the Kiltie Klassic in Racine, WI. Next up is our season finale competitive performance in the Twin Cities at Sounds of Minnesota on Friday, August 15th at 7:00PM. This year the show has moved to a beautiful new venue – St. Thomas Academy High School in Mendota Heights. Come out and give us a strong send off to the DCA Championships and watch this fun line-up of all-age corps and ensembles:

  • Brio Brass – Minneapolis, MN
  • Chops, Inc. – Minneapolis, MN
  • Govenaires – St. Peter, MN
  • Kilties – Racine, WI
  • Minne-Brass
  • Minnesota Brass

On Saturday, August 16th we perform with the same line-up in St. Peter at the Govenaires’ home show – Drum Corps Expo.

Minnesota Brass salutes alumni at DCI finals

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Nick Soden performs with the Blue Knights. (Credit: Billy Soden)

Nick Soden (right) performs with the Blue Knights. (Credit: Billy Soden)

As the 2014 Drum Corps International World Championships get underway, Minnesota Brass would like to recognize our alumni who perform in the corps competing this week in Indianapolis. They include:

Alex Cary – Troopers
Matthew Coke – Colts
Bryan DeHerder – Madison Scouts
Ryan Denny – Colts
Keegan Greene – Madison Scouts
Cole Hanton – Colts
Dani Lovitz– Blue Stars
Joseph Mauer – Blue Stars
Aaron Martin – Colts
Shawn Muench – Phantom Regiment
Nick Soden – Blue Knights

Also a special shout-out to Emily Kahlow, whose season with the Colts ended recently due to a broken foot.

These young men and women have applied what they learned in Minnesota Brass and other marching ensembles and taken it to another stage. The best part is that when they age out of DCI, they can still perform with Minnesota Brass.

We wish them the best of luck in Indianapolis.

View from the road: Follow a Minnesota Brass member on tour

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Mät Iberg and his seat mate for the trip, Katy Hammond.

Mät Iberg and his seat mate for the trip, Katy Hammond.

What a weekend for Minnesota Brass. The corps returned late Sunday afternoon from a whirlwind tour of the Upper Midwest that included a show Friday night in Forest City, Iowa; a competition Saturday night in Racine, Wis.; and a parade Sunday afternoon in Red Wing, Minn. We asked tuba player Mät Iberg to tweet about these incredible three days, which found him sharing the field with his former drum and bugle corps, the Spartans of Nashua, N.H. Here’s what he had to share:

Minnesota Brass hits the road for regional tour

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The Minnesota Brass hornline marches in for a recent performance.

The Minnesota Brass hornline marches in for a recent performance.

Fresh off of its exhibition performance Wednesday night in front of a hometown crowd in St. Paul, Minnesota Brass is getting ready to hit the road. This might be an all-ages corps but members are getting a taste of the junior-corps lifestyle this weekend as they head out on a regional tour that takes them to three states in three days.

First up is Friday night’s North Iowa Festival of Brass in Forest City, Iowa. After a three-hour drive from the Twin Cities, the corps will spend the day rehearsing at Forest City High School, the site of the show. This is another DCI Open Class competition, where Minnesota Brass will perform along with the same lineup from Wednesday night in St. Paul – including Blue Devils B, Colt Cadets and Music City.

Saturday morning begins with a rehearsal block in Forest City before the corps makes the six-hour trek to Racine, Wis., for that night’s Kiltie Klassic Invitational. This – finally – will be Minnesota Brass’ first DCA show of the 2014 season, with a lineup that includes Chops Inc., Cincinnati Tradition, the Govenaires and , of course, the Kilties. The Racine show marks Minnesota Brass’ latest seasonal DCA debut since 2006.

Sunday finds the corps back in Minnesota – after an overnight stay in Madison, Wis. — for the city of Red Wing’s River City Days parade. Then it’s back home in the Twin Cities by late Sunday afternoon.

The corps will have traveled about 1,000 miles by the end of the weekend. More importantly, it will have entertained audiences for the first time (Forest City) or for the first time in many years (Red Wing).

“We’re excited to be part of these new shows and perform in front of new fans in Iowa and Minnesota,” said Eric Molho, director of Minnesota Brass. “Plus we’ll get our first read by DCA judges in Racine. We’re looking forward to a fantastic, but busy, weekend.”